Snowshoeing in Vermont: Traversing the Upper Valley

 

Snowshoeing in Vermont: Traversing the Upper Valley

Photo of a Solo Man Snowshoeing in Vermont's Upper Valley.With the holiday season fast approaching, many New Englanders are turning their attention to the upcoming winter sports season. Vermont itself remains one of North America’s most beloved skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing destinations, especially here in the tranquil, undeniably awe-inspiring Upper Valley, home to the historic Norwich Inn. Snowshoeing in Vermont’s rolling, densely-thicketed backcountry remains one of the most underrated ways to celebrate winter’s snowy arrival. Thus, in hopes of enhancing your upcoming getaway to The Norwich Inn, we’ve compiled 10 unique Upper Valley snowshoeing hubs, ranging from Connecticut River-side strolls to steep mountain climbs.

Snowshoeing in Vermont: 10 Unique Upper Valley Experiences

One of the most alluring aspects of snowshoeing in Vermont is that just about anyone can try it without much research. There’s never been a better time to explore new terrains. Oh, and sturdy pair of snowshoes have never been more inexpensive. Below, you’ll find 10 snowy wonderlands that are within minutes of The Norwich Inn. As you might expect, snowshoeing in Vermont is generally a free pursuit, leaving room in your wallet or purse for a King Arthur baking lesson, a brewery tour, or a trip to the Winter Market.

  1. Gile Mountain: Embark on a moderate climb en route to one of the Upper Valley’s many spellbinding overlooks.
  2. Appalachian Trail: While the Appalachian Trail spans nearly 2,200 miles, you’ll only need to leave time for two or three hours of glorious outland snowshoeing on this 3.3-mile excursion.
  3. Montshire’s Ridge: This easy-breezy ridge trail hugs the meandering western banks of the Connecticut River, just a few miles south of Norwich.
  4. Parcel 5 Loop: Parcel 5 is a lush, oft-overlooked forest loop worth revisiting.
  5. The Cornish Town Forest: In a rather quiet forest, only a few ticks southeast of the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge, lies some of the truest snowshoeing trails in the Upper Valley.
  6. Hartland Winter Trails: Get ready for a half or full-day of well-groomed snowshoeing adventures. Hartland is home to approximately 20 kilometers of secluded wilderness.
  7. Boston Lot Lake: There’s never an offseason for recreation near Boston Lot Lake, a hidden gem sandwiched between Lebanon and Hanover.
  8. Mink Brook Nature Preserve: Speaking of Hanover: The Hanover Conservancy’s Mink Brook trail system boasts 112 acres of preserved beauty, home to a bevy of winter woodland critters, such as whitetail deer, black bears, and thriving birdlife.
  9. Bicknell Brook: One of the region’s most photographed waterfalls remains frozen in time inside peaceful Bicknell Brook.
  10. The Pogue: The trek to and from Mount Tom is nothing short of enthralling (and tiring). Woodstock’s Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is definitely worthy of an extended visit this winter. 

Hotels near King Arthur Baking Company: The Norwich Inn

Photo of a Norwich Inn Guest Room. Click Here to Learn About Snowshoeing in Vermont.After an unforgettable three or four hours of snowshoeing in Vermont’s Upper Valley, return to The Norwich Inn to unthaw and unwind. The inn (established in 1797) is not only an absorbing, picturesque slice of Vermont’s history, but it’s also a long-standing brewery and a culinary destination. Travelers from all across New England flock to the inn to sample Jasper Murdock Ales while simultaneously dining on classic Northeastern fare in a distinctly romantic setting. 

We’re proud to be one of the top-rated hotels near the newly-rebranded King Arthur Baking Company and always jaw-dropping Dartmouth College. To book a well-deserved, snow-packed getaway to beautiful Norwich, please read about our various on-site accommodation options. And, when you’re ready, click the green “Book a Room Now” button.

Plan a Visit to the Norwich Farmers Market

 

Plan a Visit to the Norwich Farmers Market

Since 1977, New Englanders have been flocking to the eclectic, undeniably cheery Norwich Farmers Market, a Saturday morning tradition for locals and repeat travelers alike. Many folks combine an hour at the Farmers Market with a stop at King Arthur Flour’s flagship campus and Windsor’s Artisans Park. Vermont’s Upper Valley is chockful of artisanal and culinary surprises, including historic Norwich Inn, home to Jasper Murdock Ales. The rousing Norwich Farmers Market plays an integral role in this region’s weekend tourism scene, particularly for those with a penchant for fresh-picked produce, handcrafted goods, and, yes, a wide variety of locally-sourced meats and cheeses.

The Norwich Farmers Market: A Saturday Morning Delight

Photo of a Man Selling Produce at the Norwich Farmers Market.

Unlike most like gatherings, the Norwich Farmers Market runs throughout the year. The “Summer Market” extends from early May through October off Route 5, just south of town—you cannot miss it. Meanwhile, the “Winter Market” takes place inside downtown’s Tracy Hall, a 450-foot walk from The Norwich Inn. New Englanders gather to mingle with local agronomists, craftspeople, and botanists, as well as listen to live musicians and experience the undeniably affable culture. Before we dive into the various vendors that frequent the Norwich Farmers Market, it’s important to note that all rooms inside the Ivy Lodge have refrigerators for those who need to keep their haul crisp and cool.

Vendors Galore!

It’s easy to draw tourists to the Norwich Farmers Market because you can practically smell the mouthwatering delicacies and hear the sounds of jubilance from miles away. Several vendors offer fresh goods, such as hot coffee, warm soups, breakfast sandwiches, and juicy burgers, just in case the aromas get the better of you. With more than a hundred different fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats, plants, and flowers, you’ll undoubtedly leave the Norwich Farmers Market with quite the haul. Some of our favorite finds include basil, broccoli rabe, peaches, radishes, summer squash, and cherry tomatoes. This helpful guide illustrates the fruit and vegetable calendar.

Travelers also cannot resist the urge to purchase a dollop of goat or sheep cheese. A wide variety of smoked meats are available via several vendors. Oh, and don’t forget to peruse the beeswax candles, heavenly soaps, and dazzling jewelry. We’ve linked to 10 of our favorite vendors below for your viewing pleasure. And please remember to read the market’s COVID-19 preparedness guidelines

Historic Places to Stay in Norwich, VT

Photo of the Inn's Porch, Just a Short Walk from the Norwich Farmers Market.

After a full day of shopping, scenic overlooks, covered bridges, and craft beer, return to The Norwich Inn for a night of casual dining, local vino, and sheer relaxation inside our 1797 inn. Greet dusk in a handcrafted rocking chair, near our vegetable garden, or inside our Victorian-style Main Inn. As one of the most beloved romantic getaways in Vermont, we’re in the midst of yet another summer of love here in the Upper Valley. And remember: The perfect complement to your well-deserved Vermont vacation is a meticulously-curated special package. Book directly now to save bundles and avoid hidden, third-party fees.

Mountain Biking in Vermont’s Upper Valley

 

Mountain Biking in Vermont’s Upper Valley

Photo of a Man Mountain Biking in Vermont's Backcountry.As we enthusiastically greet summer’s long-awaited arrival, it’s impossible not to ponder the many wondrous outdoor adventures readily available in the Upper Valley, Vermont’s idyllic gully of romance. With operations gradually returning to semi-normalcy, we expect an influx of nature enthusiasts in the coming months who value the valley’s sprawling natural beauty. The region itself is known for its picturesque covered bridges, serene waterfalls, jaw-dropping scenic overlooks, and glorious Artisans Park. And one of the most common thrill-based exploratory activities is mountain biking (or, to a small sect, cycling). Mountain biking in Vermont’s Upper Valley is a visual, muscle-building treat that very few undertake. Thus, the trails near The Norwich Inn are never crowded.

Mountain Biking in Vermont: 10 Upper Valley Trails

It’s no secret that New Englanders cannot resist the call of Vermont’s rolling mountain ranges, particularly during summer’s lush and autumn’s peak. The allure of Norwich, in comparison to other neighboring destinations, is its proximity to everything, including a prestigious Ivy League institution, some of the country’s finest breweries, a bevy of historical landmarks, and, yes, King Arthur Flour’s flagship campus. There’s a lot to love about this densely-thicketed, riverside community. And perhaps the cherry on top is the area’s growing trail network. When examined as a collective whole, this network of singletrack provides some of the most enticing mountain biking in Vermont. So, without further ado, here are 10 distinct trails near modern Upper Valley rentals:

  1. Blue Ribbon
  2. Brookemeade Main Loop
  3. The Rollercoaster
  4. Noodle’s Revenge
  5. French’s Ledges
  6. Fusters Trail
  7. Parcel 5
  8. Boston Lot 3
  9. Heyl-Dothan Connector
  10. Hardwoods

Alternative Routes: Roads and Rails

You’ll notice from the list above that Pittsfield, a nearby community, has a thriving network of mountainside trails. It’s not overly common to discover such magical mountain biking in Vermont near a village of fewer than 550 residents. It’s worth noting that cycling in Vermont is also subtly growing in popularity. The glory of cycling is that the backcountry is your oyster; there’s seemingly no cap on adventure in the countryside. And the Northern Rail Trail is, without a doubt, the prettiest route in the Upper Valley. This mostly-flat, 58-mile path spans two counties, making it the longest rail-trail conversion in the state. Most cyclists pick up the route near Lebanon. It goes without saying that the leaf-peeping on this trek is undeniably awe-inspiring.

Historic Hotels near Hanover, NH

Photo of People Dining at Norwich Inn After a Day of Mountain Biking in Vermont.

A common gathering place following a full day of mountain biking in Vermont’s glorious backcountry is Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse, a cozy, familiar slice of the past. As one of the premier restaurants in Norwich, we’ve expanded the alehouse throughout the decades. Patio seating is a hot commodity during peak seasons, so please arrive early to nab a table. The Norwich Inn provides an idyllic combination of history, gourmet cuisine, fine ales, and outrageous specials and packages. For updates on lodging, dining, and capacity, please bookmark this link (or follow us on our social media channels).

The 5 Prettiest Vermont Waterfalls

 

The 5 Prettiest Vermont Waterfalls

Photo of Moss Glen, One of the Prettiest Vermont WaterfallsIt’s no secret that Vermont boasts a gorgeous, biodiverse landscape. Thus, throughout summer and autumn, hundreds of thousands of nature enthusiasts flock into the Upper Valley to explore the region’s dense forestry in search of heart-stopping mountain overlooks, rolling countrysides, hidden covered bridges, and, of course, quintessential Vermont waterfalls. While it won’t be easy to pry yourself from Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse, Dartmouth College’s breathtaking campus, and nearby King Arthur Flour, we highly recommend embarking on a short journey to a couple of often overlooked Vermont waterfalls.

5 Vermont Waterfalls: A Self-Guided Journey to Serenity

Many of these picturesque, freefalling creeks, brooks, and rivers lie in Windsor County, as well as neighboring Orange and Rutland. In fact, the five prettiest Vermont waterfalls, according to our team of self-proclaimed experts, are within an hour of The Norwich Inn—established in 1797. Make sure to dress appropriately for the weather, bring a waterproof camera, and jot down detailed directions to each site.

Old City Falls, Strafford

The 16-mile drive through the heart of Vermont en route to Strafford’s Old City Falls is as peaceful and scenic as it gets. After enjoying a light picnic in the spacious pavilion area, hike down the short, steep path to the creek’s edge. While it’s not well marked, the creekside trail does lead to this dual waterfall. The top fall disappears behind a stack of rocks and eventually spills back into the creek.

Moss Glen Falls, Granville

The state boasts not one but two “Moss Glen Falls.” Today, we’ll only touch on the Granville fall, which, incidentally, remains one of the most oft-photographed natural sites in the state. Moss Glen is approximately an hour’s drive from The Norwich Inn, but this 35-foot marvel is well worth the trip. Adventurous types can get close enough to touch the rushing water as it spills below.

Photo of Thundering Brook, One of the Prettiest Vermont WaterfallsThundering Brook Falls, Killington

Thundering Brook Falls rests along the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200-mile network that spans from Maine down to North Georgia. Pictures don’t do Thundering Brook justice, as it’s hard to decipher the sheer magnitude of this slippery, 125-foot-tall waterfall via photograph. The easy, wheelchair-friendly boardwalk to the main plunge is a nice perk that you won’t find at many neighboring Vermont waterfalls.

Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow

During the summer months, thrillseekers flock to Buttermilk Falls to bathe in the shallow pools near the upper and middle falls. These classic swimming holes are what summertime dreams are made of, especially for those with a penchant for adventure. While the three midsized falls aren’t jaw-droppingly beautiful, the playful ambiance is unbeatable. 

Glen Falls, Fairlee

Fairlee’s Glen Falls is a short, 20-minute drive from the heart of Norwich. This 25-foot plunge remains an Upper Valley hidden gem. Even many locals don’t know if its existence. The short journey to the main plunge is only about half a mile upstream from the trailhead, and it features several picturesque cascades along the way.

Historic Hotels in Norwich, VT

After a full day of hiking near the very best waterfalls in Vermont, return to The Norwich Inn for a balanced, refreshing pint of Whistling Pig Red Ale and pan-seared Faroe Island salmon. As one of the oldest boutique hotels in Vermont, we offer an elegant, historic, and undeniably romantic alternative to a classic lodging experience. Our on-site brewery pairs perfectly with our sumptuous dining experience. And each of our guest rooms is a visual delight, especially for those with a special place in their heart for 19th-century decor. Please give us a call today at 802-649-1143 to book a long-overdue escape into the breathtaking Upper Valley, New England’s last remaining hidden gem.

The Upper Valley’s Prettiest Scenic Overlooks

 

The Upper Valley’s Prettiest Scenic Overlooks

Photo of a Scenic Overlook at SunsetA common mid-day activity for visiting nature enthusiasts here in the Upper Valley is the unending search for the prettiest scenic overlook. Depending on where you live, you might call it a “vista point,” “scenic lookout,” or “scenic point.” Regardless, the Upper Valley is home to dozens of majestic mountaintop overlooks, most of which require a mile or two of hiking (or snowshoeing in the wintertime). The majority of folks who plan a stay at historic Norwich Inn explore the region’s craft beer trail with stops at several picturesque covered bridges and spectacular Artisans Park. But the adventurer inside us all calls us into the wild where curious animals roam through dense forestry and alongside rushing rivers.

The Top 5 Scenic Overlooks Near Norwich, VT

Locating a hiking trail in this peaceful land is as easy as throwing a dart a map while blindfolded. However, only five such trails feature a genuinely jaw-dropping scenic overlook. Even in today’s modern world, one cannot simply search for a “scenic lookout near me” and find an overabundance of useful results. Therefore, we’ve pieced together this handy list of scenic overlooks that are within 45 minutes of Dartmouth College.

Photo of a Scenic Overlook in AutumnGile Mountain

Gile Mountain, like all five of these scenic overlooks, is particularly stunning during autumn’s peak as the forestry transforms from dark green to vibrant hues of marigold, kelly green, crimson, and amber. This 1.4-mile, out-and-back trail is perfect for all ages as there’s less than 400 feet of elevation gain. Climb the fire tower at the summit to obtain a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling Upper Valley.

Holt’s Ledge

We have mixed feelings about divulging insider information about Holt’s Ledge, one of the Upper Valley’s last-remaining hidden gems. The trail features dramatic cliffs, long-forgotten log shelters, and occasionally curious woodland critters to go along with a heart-stopping overlook of the dense mountain range.

Photo of a Scenic Overlook at Sunset in AutumnQuechee Gorge

It’s unlikely that Quechee Gorge would show up in a search for a “scenic lookout near me” as it’s more of a roadside attraction than a dramatic overlook. That being said, the gorge itself is known as “Vermont’s Grand Canyon” because of the 165-foot drop from the Quechee George Bridge down to the rushing Ottauquechee River.

Wright’s Mountain

It’s not often that you discover a scenic overlook that features a covered barn-like structure at the peak. The faraway mountains at this sequestered yet incredibly gorgeous destination aren’t as jagged as other nearby lookouts. In fact, the mountains resemble the rolling hills that you might find in New York or Pennsylvania.

Mount Cardigan

Cardigan Mountain State Park remains one of the best adult playgrounds in New Hampshire, thanks to 5,655 acres of preserved glory. The Mount Cardigan loop, in particular, is our favorite place (in the Upper Valley) to unplug and reflect. Pack a picnic for this journey as the peak features ample rock space to lay down a blanket.

Historic Boutique Hotels in Vermont

Instead of searching aimlessly for a “scenic lookout near me” this spring, simply favorite this article for further usage. You can also ask a member of our team, upon arrival, about our personal favorites. The Norwich Inn itself, which was established in 1797, is equal parts boutique hotel, craft brewery, fine restaurant, and historical landmark. We’re a short drive or bicycle ride from King Arthur Flour, Dartmouth College, and the beautiful Connecticut River. To learn more about our particularly elegant slice of the Upper Valley, please give us a call today at 802-649-1143 (or check availability online).

Spend a Day at Artisans Park in Windsor, VT

 

Spend a Day at Artisans Park in Windsor, VT

artisans parkAs summer subtly transforms into autumn here in historic Norwich, VT, we welcome thousands of “leaf peepers” to our beautiful slice of New England. While most couples and families will spend their afternoons searching for the region’s most vibrant colors, we typically recommend visiting the nearby Artisans Park in Windsor, VT. Artisans Park is just a swift, 16-mile drive from The Norwich Inn, one of the only historic hotels near Dartmouth College. This multi-purpose park is home to eight unique, thriving businesses, including a distillery, cheese market, and adventure outfitter. When you’re not sipping on a Jasper Murdock Ale, dining on gourmet cuisine, and lounging in a historic suite, make sure to visit Artisans Park for a distinctive “taste” of Vermont.

Path of Life Sculpture Garden

Before or after a brief shopping spree, stroll along the Path of Life Sculpture Garden to soak up some of the largest pieces of art in Vermont. As with any art collective, the Path of Life is still expanding. Yes, the art is quite beautiful and thought-provoking, but the sheer beauty of the landscape is the main attraction for many—and don’t forget to snap photos of the vibrant fall colors. The hemlock maze, much like the one seen in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, is an absolute marvel. If you’re hoping to savor lunch in the park, remember to pack a picnic and enjoy it near the maze or by the lake; otherwise, Artisans Park has two on-site dining options.

Glass Art and Tasty Treats

The Upper Valley continues to witness an uptick in Vermont tourism thanks to our growing artisanal shops, including Simon Pearce, Blake Hill Preserves, and the Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company. Purchase a dazzling piece of glass art, a couple jars of infused jams, and a block of small-batch cheese before returning to The Norwich Inn. While not a “shop,” Great River Outfitters also operates inside Artisans Park. This wildly-popular, adventure-based outfitter provides travelers with inexpensive yet impressive guided trips during all four seasons.

Food and Drinks at Artisans Park

artisans parkPerhaps our favorite aspect of Artisans Park is its dual-headed adult-beverage staples: Harpoon Brewery and SILO Distillery. Harpoon has, of course, become a leader in the New England beer scene, but don’t forget about SILO’s balanced, palatable spirits—we’re partial to their barrel-aged gin and spiced whiskey. If you’re feeling hungry, both Harpoon and Artisan Eats have classic American fare, such as burgers, brats, grilled cheese, and much more!

Best Places to Visit in Vermont: The Norwich Inn

The historic Norwich Inn is the perfect escape for your next Vermont vacation as we not only have an on-site brewery, fine dining, and lavish suites, but we’re minutes away from Artisans Park, Dartmouth College, and Whaleback Mountain. Don’t forget to browse through our upcoming specials to enhance your visit—we’re on the heels of NanoFest, King Arthur Flour’s Harvest Conference, and the “Run the Witch” 50K. So, give us a call today at 802-649-1143, or visit us online to book a quintessential New England getaway.

Plan a Visit to the Vermont Brewfest in Tunbridge

 

Plan a Visit to the Vermont Brewfest in Tunbridge

vermont brewfestWe’re on the heels of New England’s best-kept secret: the Vermont NanoFest in Tunbridge. This annual, six-hour Central Vermont brewfest is hosted by our good friends at Brocklebank Craft Brewing on the site of the Tunbridge World’s Fair. And The Norwich Inn is proud to be this year’s official lodging sponsor! In fact, we’re offering an out-of-this-world Vermont brewfest package that includes luxury lodging, free entry, a welcome pint from Jasper Murdock Ales, and so much more! Keep reading to learn more about NanoFest, which is widely considered the premier Vermont beer festival by returning guests.

Norwich’s Vermont Brewfest Special

Act fast, because our Central Vermont brewfest special is nearly booked! Not only will guests get free entry to this year’s festival, but you’ll have the pleasure of lodging at one of the most historic hotels near Dartmouth College. After savoring craft ales from some of the best breweries in Vermont, return to The Norwich Inn for fine dining, shared stories of the day’s best samples on our private patio, and utter relaxation inside your lavish guest suite. For just $279, based on double occupancy, the NanoFest special includes (for each guest):

  • One-night lodging at the Main Inn
  • Free Vermont brewfest entry
  • 12-ounce NanoFest tasting glass
  • Welcome pint from Jasper Murdock Ales, our on-site brewery
  • A free appetizer in the Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse
  • A 22-ounce bottle of Jasper Murdock to go

Participating Breweries

Twelve of the best breweries in Vermont will be participating in this year’s NanoFest, including Jasper Murdock Ales and hosts Brocklebank Craft Brewing. One of the best aspects of this event is that it brings the brewing community together in an effort to share inventive creations with the fine folks of New England. The craft brewing industry relies heavily on healthy competition, occasional collaboration, and, of course, delicious ales! Don’t forget to bring your appetite, because some of the best food trucks in the state will be serving smoked BBQ, tacos, woodfired pizza, and grilled bratwurst. Here are this year’s 12 participating breweries, who will all be slinging staples, trendy styles, and festival-only specialty beers.

Historic Hotels in Norwich, VT

The third Saturday in August is one of the most popular weekends of the year because of the annual Vermont brewfest. Beer aficionados from across New England flock to our historic Connecticut River town to taste some of the best regional beers from a wide variety of breweries, ranging from local staples to recent startups. Before retiring to your suite, don’t forget to enjoy a grass-fed filet mignon on our peaceful patio, savor a pint of approachable Whistling Pig Red Ale, and gather with friends new and old near our stone fireplace as the sun drips below the trees. To learn more about our Vermont brewfest package, please call us directly today at 1-802-649-1143.

An Upper Valley Shopping Guide

 

An Upper Valley Shopping Guide

hanover nh shoppingWith the unofficial start to summer only days away, thousands of couples, groups, and families are finalizing their mid-summer vacation plans to New England’s Upper Valley. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood across the Connecticut River from Dartmouth College rests The Norwich Inn, a charming, historical trip back in time. The Norwich Inn is home to one of the best breweries in Vermont (Jasper Murdock Ales), a top-rated restaurant, and Victorian-style accommodations. If you’re looking for a leisurely summertime activity during your stay, we recommend spending a couple of hours shopping in Norwich VT and Hanover NH. The streets in these two historic cities feature an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, and farm stands. Hanover NH shopping, in particular, is a popular mid-day activity as the best stores are just a short walk from Dartmouth College.

Norwich VT Shopping

Let’s start our shopping tour right here in Norwich VT, the proud home of world-famous King Arthur Flour. Whether you’re searching for fresh produce or a gripping new novel, you’ll find a place to spend a couple of bucks in our lovely riverside community.

  • hanover nh shoppingKing Arthur Flour – If you’re only planning on making one stop in the Upper Valley, we highly recommend choosing King Arthur Flour. We’ve collaborated with their excellent team for many events over the years. Browse through The Baker’s Store, enjoy a fresh-baked pastry, or join a hands-on baking class.
  • The Norwich Bookstore – You’d be hardpressed to find another small, independently-owned bookstore that cares as much as about the written word then the folks at The Norwich Bookstore. Find out what to read next, discover rare signed copies, and take a seat during an author’s reading.
  • Crossroad Farm Stand – Crossroad’s stand on Route 5 is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many of our guests purchase bags full of fresh produce before returning home to Boston, Worcester, Springfield, and beyond.
  • Pompanoosuc Mills – While technically not a part of the Norwich VT or Hanover NH shopping scene, “Pompy” is an excellent hand-crafted furniture destination north of town. Their woodworks have been turning heads since 1978.

Hanover NH Shopping

Some of the best stores in the region lie in downtown Hanover NH. In fact, Hanover NH shopping has become one of the top summertime activities among couples and groups. Here’s a short list of our favorite Hanover NH shopping destinations:

  • Farmhouse Pottery – Book a “Clay Date” this summer, where you’ll have the rare opportunity to work alongside a master potter before crafting your own artisan souvenir.
  • My Brigadeiro – Don’t forget to pick up some fresh-baked cookies, cupcakes, and Brazilian-style brigadeiros during your Upper Valley getaway. Enjoy these sweets in the comfort of your elegant suite.
  • League of N.H. Craftsmen Gallery – Some of New England’s best potters, artists, and craftspeople display their award-winning work at this beautiful gallery along Lebanon Street.

Artisans Park

There are myriad shops and attractions at Artisans Park in nearby Windsor VT. You’ll discover eight businesses in all, highlighted by Silo Distillery, Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, and Simon Pearce. You can also stroll through a sculpture garden, savor a craft beer, and indulge in artisan eats. Artisans Park is a must-visit destination for those who enjoy hand-crafted, locally-sourced, and artisan products from talented craftspeople.

hanover nh shoppingHistoric Hotels near Hanover NH

The perfect way to cap off a full day of Hanover NH shopping is with fine dining, housemade craft ales, and sophisticated relaxation right here at The Norwich Inn. We’re one of the only hotels near Dartmouth College that provides specialized vacation packages for a variety of local events ranging from nano brewery festivals to 50k races. To book a well-deserved summertime escape to New England’s Upper Valley, please give us a call today at 1-802-649-1143.

Romantic Getaways in Vermont: The Norwich Inn

 

 

Romantic Getaways in Vermont: The Norwich Inn

romantic getaways in vermontNew England’s Upper Valley is filled with absorbing history, awe-inspiring natural beauty, and undeniably romantic inns, which is why couples from across the region flock to the neighboring riverfront communities of Norwich and Hanover for well-deserved romantic getaways in Vermont. Nestled in the heart of Norwich, VT, rests The Norwich Inn, one of the most romantic hotels near Dartmouth College. The Norwich Inn is immersed in history and elegance as it was established in 1797 by Dartmouth graduate Colonel Jasper Murdock. Our alluring Vermont inn not only features three properties highlighted by dozens of visually-striking guest rooms, but you and your sweetheart can also enjoy refreshing housemade Jasper Murdock Ales and fine on-site dining.

Romantic Getaways in Vermont

The Norwich Inn remains one of the only romantic getaways in Vermont that’s within 1.3 miles of an Ivy League school, a popular recreational body of water, and one of the premier staples in the baking industry: King Arthur Flour. Whether you’re hoping to bake with the pros at world-famous King Arthur Flour, paddle through the tranquil Connecticut River, or embark on a tour of Dartmouth College, The Norwich Inn is the ideal “home base” for your romantic escape to the Upper Valley.

Couples-Friendly Activities

For those who’re looking for a “taste” of adventure during your visit to the Upper Valley, we recommend kayaking along the Connecticut River, rock climbing in the Green Mountains, and hiking on the Gile Mountain Trail. Enroll in King Arthur Flour’s baking school, stroll through the Norwich Farmers Market in search of fresh vegetables, unique crafts, and gorgeous flowers, and observe award-winning artworks at the Hood Museum of Art before retreating to The Norwich Inn for dinner, craft beer, and sophisticated relaxation.

Fine Dining and Housemade Craft Beer

romantic getaways in vermontChoose between a romantic, elegant experience inside The Dining Room or a casual yet scenic meal on The Patio to commemorate your anniversary, engagement, honeymoon, or spontaneous escape. There’s something for every palate here at The Norwich Inn thanks to Executive Chef Scott Liberty’s creative, newly-transformed menu, which is highlighted by a 100 percent grass-fed filet mignon and fresh-caught Faroe Island salmon. Take a step back in time inside our subtly-luxurious yet old-world Dining Room before slipping over to The Pub for a pint of award-winning craft beer, most notably the “Whistling Pig Red Ale,” our game-changing Irish classic. Visit this website for an up-date tap list. You never know what our talented brewers are whipping together on a given day, but fans of experimental IPAs, malty Scottish ales, and robust stouts are in for a real treat!

Charming Accommodations

romantic getaways in vermontOne of the most important aspects of a romantic getaway, especially to a historic, serene city such as Norwich, VT, is the overnight lodging. Luckily for you, all other romantic getaways in Vermont cannot match our historic charm, on-site amenities, and lavish, visually-appealing guest rooms. Choose between our 129-year-old Main Inn, pet-friendly Ivy Lodge, and newly-renovated Walker House, and simply sit back, relax, and bask in the old-world charm. We provide the allure of a top-rated bed-and-breakfast, the on-site amenities of a five-star resort, and the service of an award-winning hotel. Browse through our specialty packages to book an all-inclusive package that includes a dinner for two, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and so much more!

3 Exciting Outdoor Summer Activities in the Upper Valley

 

3 Exciting Outdoor Summer Activities in the Upper Valley

hotels near dartmouth collegeSpring has officially arrived here in the blooming Upper Valley, signifying that it’s time to start planning your upcoming summertime escape to The Norwich Inn, one of the top-rated hotels near Dartmouth College. In a matter of weeks, the Upper Valley will once again be a lush, kelly green wilderness filled with seemingly endless outdoor adventure possibilities. We welcome all sorts of guests here in Norwich, VT, during the summertime, many of which are self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiasts who explore our glorious mountain ranges in a wide variety of ways. When they’re not sipping on one of our award-winning Jasper Murdock Ales, touring Dartmouth College, or savoring a freshly-baked pastry at King Arthur Flour, they’re found deep in the heart of the Upper Valley on a kayaking, hiking, or rock climbing expedition. To ensure that your stay with us is picture-perfect, we’ve compiled three of our guests’ favorite summer activities.

Hiking

Vermont and New Hampshire are known for offering outdoor enthusiasts a wide variety of summer activities, most notably hiking. The Norwich Inn, home to one of the best breweries in Vermont, is minutes away from mountain hikes, lakeside strolls, and the famous Appalachian Trail. Our favorite local hike is the Gile Mountain Trail, located six miles north of our historic Vermont Inn on Turnpike Road. The Gile Mountain Trail is an easy 1.4-mile, out-and-back hike to the summit, which provides visitors with panoramic views of the glorious Upper Valley on top of the Fire Tower. The trail itself is quite easy, but to reach the Fire Tower’s peak, you must trek up 324 stairs – it’s unquestionably worth the journey!

Nearby Boston Lot Lake is the perfect daytime stroll for dog walkers, families with young children, or couples looking for a romantic, secluded space for a picnic. This 2.4-mile loop is flat, scenic, and moderately popular among locals. We recommend parking in the lot along Main Street in West Lebanon, NH. Arguably our favorite Appalachian Trail hike is Holts Ledge in nearby Lyme, NH – it’s more challenging than Gile Mountain and Boston Lot but undeniably rewarding and beautiful.

Kayaking, Canoeing, or SUPing

hotels near dartmouth collegeThe tranquil Connecticut River, which separates Norwich, VT, and Hanover, NH, transforms into an outdoor enthusiast’s playground during the summer months. Canoeing is easily one of the top three summer activities here in the Upper Valley, especially along the Connecticut River. The Ledyard Canoe Club provides visitors with canoe, kayak, and SUP rentals at a fantastic price point. Despite being quite wide, the Connecticut River’s flow is slowed by strategically-placed dams which create watercraft-friendly basins. Paddlers of all skill levels will have no issues traversing these slow-moving currents. The river gorge itself is fully-enclosed by towering forestry. If you’re looking for a lazier but equally beautiful canoe trip, we recommend Storrs Pond Recreation Area.

Rock Climbing

The sport of rock climbing certainly isn’t for everyone, but for those who enjoy scaling natural rock walls or those who’re searching for a new challenge, please give Vermont Adventure Tours a call! Vermont Adventure Tours has a team of skilled, professional guides that lead tours into the heart of the Upper Valley. One of their locations rests in nearby Quechee, VT, which is only a short drive from The Norwich Inn, one of the only luxury hotels near Dartmouth College. Vermont Adventure Tours also offers rappelling, paddling, caving, and hiking expeditions.

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After exploring the jaw-dropping Upper Valley’s natural beauty through a variety of exciting summer activities, retreat to The Norwich Inn for refreshing craft beer, fine dining, and a sunset stroll along our colorfully-landscaped grounds. Pair your grass-fed filet mignon or parmesan risotto with a traditional English-style cask ale on our outdoor patio. Our instant-classic Whistling Pig Red Ale satisfies all beer palettes. To learn more about our historic inn or to book a well-deserved summertime getaway to Norwich, VT, please give us a call today at 1-802-649-1143, or simply visit NorwichInn.com.